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Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls
DSSThe Dead Sea Scrolls have generated more public interest than most subjects that interest scholars. From the intrigue surrounding their discovery to the conspiracy theories surrounding their publication. While it is expected that such things would be fodder for magazines such as the World Weekly News, this sensationalism has also entered into many books printed by reputable publishers. It is with this in mind that I produced this "Annotated Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls." Among the many sensational books, there are many good solid works published on the scrolls; I will highlight some of them in this Guide.

This Guide highlights some of the best English resources for the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, including texts and translations, introductions, reference works, Archaeology and Qumran, the Scrolls and the Hebrew Bible, and the Scrolls and Christianity, among other topics.

Texts & Translations of the DSS

There were almost 900 Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in and around Khirbet Qumran. Of these, approximately 222 are copies or excerpts of biblical books. The remaining 670 scrolls are dubbed "non-biblical" in that they are not found in modern Bibles (around 300 of these non-biblical manuscripts are very fragmentary). Most of the Dead Sea Scrolls were written in ancient Hebrew, some in Aramaic, and a few in Greek. The Scrolls have been published in a variety of formats with different audiences in mind.

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Introductions to the DSS

There are a number of good introductions to the Dead Sea Scrolls. While something is not necessarily better just because it is newer, when it comes to the works published on the Scrolls, this is most definitely the case. Older introductions were working with an incomplete picture since many of the manuscripts were not identified or published.

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Dead Sea Scroll Reference Works
There are an increasing number of excellent reference works available for those interested in studying the Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran.
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Photographs & Facsimile Editions of the DSS

When scholars are discussing various Dead Sea Scrolls, it iis difficult to visualize exactly what they are talking about. In addition, while few scholars may gain access to the actual scrolls, high resolution photographs of all of the Scrolls and artifacts discovered are also available in two Microfiche editions.

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The Archaeology of Khirbet Qumran

The major excavations of Khirbet Qumran were performed under the leadership of Roland De Vaux, who completed the investigation of the site in five seasons between 1951 and 1956. De Vaux never published a final report; though he did publish a semi-popular work on the archaeology of the Dead Sea Scrolls that described what became the consensus view of the site. While his work remains invaluable, a number of books on the archaeology of Khirbet Qumran have been published in recent years, some of them challenging the consensus view.

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Internet & Computer Resources Devoted to the DSS

There are a number of great computer and internet resources for the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls. For some of the best computer software relating to biblical studies, please see my Software for Biblical Studies page.

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